Secret Window

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 137 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mort Rainey is a best selling author whose imagination thrills his reader to the core. But one of his stories holds a secret that comes to life. A secret that even he can't imagine. (Sony Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 7 out of 34
  1. Bloody, bone-chilling fun.
  2. 75
    The story is more entertaining as it rolls along than it is when it gets to the finish line. But at least King uses his imagination right up to the end, and spares us the obligatory violent showdown that a lesser storyteller would have settled for.
  3. "The only thing that matters is the ending," says Rainey toward the end of the movie. He's talking about the writers' craft. Koepp, despite the best efforts of his cast, sends this comment soaring into the ether of irony.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    Secret Window's premise is certainly new, even if King appears to be plagiarizing themes from himself.
  5. Unsteadily pitched between horror and comedy, Secret Window turns out to be neither terribly scary nor especially funny.
  6. The movie's "shock" payoff still feels like a cheap trick.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    20
    The worst sin of omission in Secret Window is the removal of the fact that Rainey had actually plagiarized in the past. In the story, this is critical because it is the source of Rainey’s guilt -– and arguably the reason for his success.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 49
  2. Negative: 16 out of 49
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    One of the best films I have ever seen. You cannot imagine how Secret Window endings, and the fact that it's based on a Stephen Kings story,One of the best films I have ever seen. You cannot imagine how Secret Window endings, and the fact that it's based on a Stephen Kings story, makes it better!!! Do not miss it!!! Expand
  2. KevinB.
    Jul 21, 2006
    9
    It has been a very long time where a "scarey" movie, actually scared me. So many movies out there like the grudge and ghost ship...give me a It has been a very long time where a "scarey" movie, actually scared me. So many movies out there like the grudge and ghost ship...give me a break! the only scarey part of the horror movies of today is that people waste their money to go see it. This movie truly surprised me. I heard so many bad things about it and i just happened to see it on tv without knowing what it was until it was too late(i was interested in it by then) What makes this so bad in peoples eyes today is because most people are full of crap when it comes to scarey movies. "like, omg! the ring was so TOTALLY scarey" these are the people who dont understand what makes a good movie Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2014
    8
    Underrated and overlooked, Secret Window masters suspense and mystery. Johnny Depp does one of the more serious characters, I wanna see him doUnderrated and overlooked, Secret Window masters suspense and mystery. Johnny Depp does one of the more serious characters, I wanna see him do such characters more often, and the twist works Expand
  4. Oct 26, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Secret Window: 5 out of 10: I am not going to critique Johnny Depp. He is fine in this movie. And I certainly do not want the great wrath of woman, of various ages, down upon my head. Johnny Depp is a thespian God. He can do no wrong. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory never existed... (God he was awful in that.) Depp’s performance is the most entertaining thing is Secret Window. In fact with the exception of a wonderfully drawn Timothy Hutton in a supporting role, it is the only entertaining thing in the movie. The small cast is rounded out by Maria Bello (A 41 year old butterface that plays Depp’s, cuckolding, **** soon to be ex-wife) and the usually dependable John Turturro who is a disaster.

    This is a Stephen King adaption about a writer going over the edge. (If you saw the Dark Half which also starred Timothy Hutton this will definitely feel like familiar ground). The plot is a familiar train wreck. Depp is a writer going through a nasty divorce and suffering from writers block. There is a knock at the door and Turturro is at the door. With a southern drawl and an Amish tailor Turturro claims that Depp stole his story and has to make it right.

    Ah plagiarism, that old plot twist standby which many a great horror novel is based on. (Or maybe not). Turtorro’s character quickly becomes a nasty bit of work as he kills Depp’s beloved dog with a screwdriver. (This isn’t really a plot spoiler. This is a Steven King adaptation, there are no kids in it to kill and the beloved dog might as well have been dressed in a metaphorical red shirt from the first scene.) This is where the movie officially lost me. Turturro is about as threatening as a Joe Pesci romantic comedy and if his character (named Shooter) killed one of my family members the next time he entered my property he would be renamed shot.

    But the movie cannot let Depp kill Shooter... cause of a super secret plot twist so lame and so obvious that it’s no wonder plagiarism was at the forefront of the writer’s mind. To add insult to injury the movie actually feels it needs to drop hints at this shocking plot twist apparently under the assumption a portion of the audience sniffs glue for a living and didn’t figure it out within 10 minutes of the opening credits.

    The only real surprise in the entire film is the strange Children of the Corn references (Turtorro’s character seems to be clearly channeling Malachi and the last scene is torn right from that mid-eighties classic.) Perhaps the film is meant to be homage to the fine Children of the Corn series... No greater faint praise could I imagine damning with.
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  5. WJS
    Jul 25, 2015
    4
    Johnny Depp is effective in this adaptation of a lesser known Stephen King story, but unfortunately the whole thing comes off as nothing moreJohnny Depp is effective in this adaptation of a lesser known Stephen King story, but unfortunately the whole thing comes off as nothing more than a fancy made for cable thriller. It has a big budget cast with a low budget look and attitude. The writing is at times laboured and the direction somewhat pedestrian. Not one of the better King adaptations to film, but, then they're hard to come by. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2014
    3
    Filme extremamente fraco,Johnny Depp dar o máximo de sí porém o filme não ajuda,o desenvolvimento é lento o filme é ainda mais lento semFilme extremamente fraco,Johnny Depp dar o máximo de sí porém o filme não ajuda,o desenvolvimento é lento o filme é ainda mais lento sem emoção e empolgação.A História já não é excelente Expand
  7. James
    Jul 18, 2006
    0
    This movie sucks! It wasn't scary, the acting was bad, and it was a crap storyline!

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